Desensitizing when alone
Hello guys, quick question!
I'm currently working with 2 horses who started out as being quite spooky and skittish. They've come a long ways, and they're both completely comfortable and confident with me making noise and moving about, whether it be dragging a tarp around or stepping on cans/bottles, whatever it is, they don't worry at all when it's me responsible for the noise/movement. I'm always alone in the arena, as the barn I board at is very small and quiet(I work there during the week). So, unfortunately my horses haven't really had many opportunities to get used to people opening doors, going in/out of the arena, things being knocked over/moved (when not by me), etc. They are perfectly fine with the people themselves, it's just the unexpected noise/movement that they aren't used to
Does anyone have any ideas as far as what to try or do to get them accustomed to the noises that other people make, without actually having someone else around?
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